news

Misor eyes pandemic shelter to address surge in Covid-19

August 11, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Misamis Oriental Provincial Board Member Dexter Yasay yesterday cited the need to construct more pandemic shelter to address the possible surge of Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the province. Misamis Oriental Provincial Board Member Dexter Yasay said the Moving Urban Poor Communities in Mindanao Towards Resilience (MOVE UP Mindanao) has proposed to give pandemic shelter worth P300,000 should the provincial government purchase Community Quarantine Prototypes. "We need to plan one-step ahead of the pandemic kay kinabuhi biya ni sa mga tawo ang atong gi protektahan," Yasay said. Misamis Oriental had already nearly dozen of Covid-positive cases most of them are teenagers. Yasay said the isolation facility will serve as part of coningency plan of the province should there will be surged on Covid-19 cases. He said Covid-19 cases continue to increase thus there is a need to have more isolatio facilites. He said the province had budget or Covid-19. "Anytime, we (the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan) submit to the governor sa iyang mga request in line with the pandemic kung moingon siya nga mag re-align walay problema sa amoa kay we know nga kung mogasto si gobernador Bambi it is for the people and is for the prublic service," said Yasay.

READ MORE
Govt hospital wont accept patients from Barangay 35

August 11, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Despite repeated warnings from President Rodrigo Duterte, a government hospital in Cagayan de Oro City continues to refuse patients from Barangay 35, a barangay official lamented yesterday. Joe Ligtas, punong barangay of 35, said a number of patients were refused admission to JR Borja Hospital (city hospital). Ligtas said these patients are refused admission to the city hospital even if they are auffering  from minor health problems. He said representatives from Barangay 35 were just tld to directy send patients immediately to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), also called provincial hospital. He said a certain Raymunda Bantilan who is reportedly suffering from Loose Bowel Movement (LBM) expired to hospital 3 days afte admission. She reportedly died of kidney failure. Another resident, said Ligtas, identified as a certain 47-year-old Pedring Cagape is now admitted in hospital after complaining of LBM. Ligtas said a number of Barangay 35 residents are suffering from dehydration. "Didto na lang daw namo i diretso sa provincial hospital para ma swab test dayon among pasyente," said Ligtas. At least five zones in Barangay 35 were locked down for 22 days after two of its residents were infected with Covid. Ligtas said 952 families in Barangay 35 were locked down for at least 22 days. In the meantine, Barangay 35 has launched massive clean up drive at Bitan-ag Creek as part of the barangay's anti-dengue campaign. "We employed dozens of residents as part of our Cash For Work program," said ligtas.

READ MORE
JUST SAY THANK YOU

August 11, 2020

WHICH is one of the most difficult words worldwide? POPCATEPETL, the Mexican mountain? Or, CHICHICASTENGO, a small town in Guatemala, or OUAGADOUGOU, the former capital of Upper Volta in Central Africa? Well, guess what. "Somebody comes to my place and drinks a lot. I just keep on roaring and flowing and remain happy during my whole life, because I can give and share ... - even without any gratitude!" That engraved saying is from a historic fountain in Regensburg in Bavaria in Germany. "Be in the making, means be thankful forever!" What a meaningful quotation from Goethe's drama "Faustus" (1831), but how very far away from today's reality. Let me ask you, my dear reader, "When did you say recently THANK YOU ?" In the supermarket to the cashier ... after a business meeting to your partners ... as a boss to your staff ... as a husband or wife to your partner ... etc. ... etc.! Hold on, I don't mean it as a disgracing phrase, no. I mean it as an honest attitude to which we are all susceptible. "The Pharisee stood apart by himself and prayed ... God, I thank you that I am not like the tax collector over there", (Luke 18,11). "What's more transient than gratitude?" asked the German poet, Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) in his drama "Don Carlos". Gratitude, or thankfulness, in our daily life and surroundings: many times it's just forgotten because we treat sacrifices of hard-working people, services, and even the smallest relief without saying it as only natural and take it as a matter of course. In times of Covid-19, many of us express again their gratitude to all frontliners. That's good and very important too. Many of our earthly leaders forget that they got their positions because of our trust and votes. And how did they thank us? One of my former publishers from an international company with branches in Berlin, New York, and Amsterdam, told me one day: "Thank you for having your job well-done. It's a success for the whole company!" I couldn't care less if the grumpy taxi driver isn't able to mention a simple 'Salamat' after I pay my fare including a small tip. But if children forget to express their gratitude to their parents, who keep on trying everything to guarantee a good education while struggling financially through life - yes, then it becomes painful and embarrassing. Well, let's think about it again. Saying thank you helps building up bridges and connections - not ONLY in business life - and it is at least as important as praise and recognition. +++ Email: doringklaus@gmail.com or follow me on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter or visit www.germanexpatinthephilippines.blogspot.com or www.klausdoringsclassicalmusic.blogspot.com

READ MORE
NHA gears up soil erosion mitigation project

August 11, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA) -- The National Housing Authority (NHA) has intensified its efforts to construct a gabion and grouted riprap in Barangay Mipantao Gadongan of this city as a mitigation measure for soil erosion. Mipantao Gadongan is the second site where 1,000 permanent shelters will be constructed by NHA and 50 housing units from its partner United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).  NHA - Marawi Project Management Office Engr. Clemente Dayot said the said mitigation is needed since there are already structures constructed in the area. “That is a mitigating measure para sa side sa contractor kasi  kailangan imitigate ang [for the side of the contractor since it is needed to mitigate the] soil erosion kasi may structures na tayo sa taas [because we already have structures there] like road and drainage,” said Dayot. Dayot also shared that the gabion measures approximately 300 meters and has a grouted riprap which is a  rock slope-protection for the embankment. “Pag-uulan masaturate ang lupa ng tubig kaya kailangan na imitigate  natin yan. Gabion ang foundation niyan, pataas grouted riprap na,” he added. [When it rains, the land gets saturated by water thus there is a need to mitigate it. Gabion will be constructed as its foundation, and grouted riprap as its slope.]  Dayot also called for the understanding and cooperation of the internally displaced persons as they continue to pursue the implementation of their projects. “Panawagan namin sa IDPs na be patient. Magka-isa tayo kasi yung trabaho namin sa NHA, hindi basta-basta kasi everyday may mga hamon at problema na dumadating. Sana magpatuloy itong proyekto dahil para naman ito sa social development ninyo,” he said.  [We encourage the IDPs to be patient. We should unite because we also face challenges as we work as NHA. We hope this project will continue because this is also for your social development.] Being a member-agency of Task Force Bangon Marawi’s Subcommittee on Housing, NHA is committed to promote sustainable development as its tasks include house construction, land acquisition, and land development.  NHA has acquired 39 hectares of land for the construction of permanent shelters in Barangays Kilala and Mipantao Gadongan. These housing units will be turned-over to IDPs who will be resettled from the 3-meter and 20-meter easements of Lake Lanao and Agus River of the most affected area of the city. (LELA/PIA ICIC) 

READ MORE
PRLEC-X launches Project HOPE in Iligan

August 11, 2020

ILIGAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) - The Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of region X launched the Project HOPE (Heal One, Protect Everyone) on Thursday, August 6, in Brgy. Rogongon, this city. In support of Executive Order No. 70 of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte which institutionalizes a “Whole-Of-Nation Approach” to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC), Project HOPE aims to make Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities self-reliant, resilient, and empowered. "To do this we have to equip them with adequate knowledge and skills through series of training interventions," said Director Lorenzo G. Macapili, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Mindanao Cluster Head. Macapil said TESDA will conduct skills training for construction-related and agriculture-related qualifications or courses under the project. Aside from the skills training, an IP hub will also be established to serve as a training center and at the same time office of IPs and community leaders. PRLEC-X chairperson and TESDA-X Regional Director Tarhata  Mapandi said they will also put up a communal Agri demo farm and forest nursery that will be utilized during the training. In return, Mapandi asked for the cooperation and commitment of the IPs and the community to sustain the implementation of the project. The launching of Project HOPE was highlighted by the turn-over of the programs and projects of different government agencies.  The Department of Trade and Industry handed over 10 livelihood starter kits for karenderya and sari-sari store as well as knapsack sprayers. The Department of Agriculture turned-over 30 bags of white under its Corn program and assorted vegetables under its High-Value Crops Development Program while the Department of Labor and Employment handed over Certificate of Entitlements for starter kits for the 34 former rebels (FR). "Dako ang among pasalamat kay tungod ang ilang mga pasalig hinay-hinay nga nakaabot sa amo-a," expressed Alias Tots, one of the FR-beneficiaries. (We are very grateful because their commitments have slowly reached us.) The 30-year-old FR already completed free skills training from TESDA. "Nagpasalamat kami nga aduna mi nahibal-an sama sa wielding og driving," he added. (We are grateful that we learned something such as wielding and driving.) Rogongon Barangay Chairman Rady Pugoy also expressed gratitude to the PRLEC for bringing the government to their community. "Magpasalamat ko sa mga ahensiya sa gobyerno nga nangadto sa akong barangay.  Magpasalamat pud kami sa atong Presidente diin getagaan niya og tabang ang among IP community. Hinay-hinay nakabangon mi tungod sa lain- laing tabang gikan sa mga ahensiya sa gobyerno," he said. (I would like to thank the government agencies that came to my barangay. We would also like to thank our President for helping our IP community. Gradually, we are improving because of the various help from government agencies.) Pugoy said the starter kits, agricultural inputs, and the free training will be a great help to the families of the recipients. Other government agencies that participated in the launching were DA, DILG, DSWD, PNP, 4th Mechanized Battalion, NCIP, DPWH, DepEd, CHED, CDA, PCA,  CLDO, Iligan City Government, and Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte. (APB/PIA ICIC)

READ MORE
PGLDN-IMT strengthens collaboration with stakeholders to fight COVID-19

August 11, 2020

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, Aug 9 (PIA) -  In recognition of the important role of stakeholders’ in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Provincial Government through the Incident Management Team spearheaded a coordination meeting with the officers of the Municipal Health Offices, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Offices, the Provincial and Municipal Chief of Police, Doctors to the Barrio, and Private Hospital Association of Lanao del Norte on Friday, August 7. Sittie Aminah Quibranza Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte Administrator and IMT Deputy Responsible Officer, thanked the participants for attending the meeting and encouraged them to share their ideas, suggestions, and other concerns on the strategies and approaches initiated by the Provincial Government in curbing if not containing the spread COVID-19. Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo has recently approved the realignment of some of the Provincial funds to immediately address the continuing health threat by focusing on programs and activities related to COVID-19 until December of this year. One of which is the need to purchase additional Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) Kits primarily intended for Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs).  Based on the data presented by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Teresa M. Reponte, LSIs and ROFs greatly contributes to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the province.  As of August 6, 115 LSIs and 20 ROF were confirmed positive of COVID-19. In total, the Lanao del Norte has 148 confirmed cases, 87 of which have already recovered, however, it also recorded its first fatality due to local transmission. The PHO Officer shared that the Provincial Hospital in Kolambugan which was converted into an Isolation Unit with 61 Bed Capacity is now ready to accept patients that are symptomatic IgM Positive, suspect cases, probable cases, and confirmed symptomatic. Additional isolation units were also created to augment the isolation unit in Old Kapatagan Provincial Hospital, such as the Infirmary and Annex Building in the new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital and the Mindanao Civic Center Stadium. With regards to the COVID-19 PCR Laboratory at Old Kapatagan Provincial Hospital, Reponte said that all personnel is currently on their level four (4) training, the infrastructure is 100 percent complete, the equipment is 95 percent ready, and it is only awaiting the team from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and the Center for Health Development-Regulations, Licensing and Enforcement Divisions (CHD-RLED) for final inspection and approval to operate. Provincial Information Officer and the IMT Incident Commander Lyndon G. Calica, also thanked the efforts of the Municipal Government Units, the Private Hospital Association, and the Philippine National Police, and all concerned stakeholders for continuously sharing ideas and actively coordinating with the Provincial Government in facing the problem of COVID-19 pandemic. He reiterated that Governor Dimaporo is doing her best to protect the health and safety of the residents of Lanao del Norte. Lawyer Mark Christopher Babor, the Provincial Legal Officer, explained the provisions of Provincial Ordinance 10-2020 or the ordinance which provides for the guidelines on maintaining vital health protocols in the province to fight the spread of COVID-19. The meeting was also attended by DILG Provincial Director Bruce A. Colao, who also shared his wisdom particularly on issues regarding  Authorized Person Outside Residence (APOR) who are refusing to submit for testing and suggested to add provisions in the Provincial Ordinance 10-2020, for their penalties, as well as, requesting Municipal Local Government Units (MLGUs) to procure Rapid Test Kits for their constituents. New Police Provincial Director, PCol Rolindo M. Suguilon, meanwhile appealed to LGUs in informing the public and make them understand that PNP is performing its duty in implementing the ordinances. He also assured that the PNP is committed to support the efforts of the Provincial Government and continue to work closely through active coordination for the welfare of the people. (PIO-LDN)

READ MORE

Subscribe Now!

Receive email updates from Mindanao Daily News.